Woman to Know: Anuradha Koirala Has Rescued 12,000 Girls From Sex Trafficking So Far
- IWB Post
- October 29, 2015
66 years-old Anuradha Koirala is a domestic violence survivor. When her marriage ended, she invested a part of her salary as a teacher into a small retail shop to employ other victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
A UN report form 2012 reveals that 98% of the human trafficking victims are women and children. The number of women being trafficked annually can range from 5,000 to 10,000.
Anuradha founded the NGO ‘Maiti Nepal’ in 1993.
“Maiti” in Nepalese means “mother’s home”. It provides aids to Nepali girls and women who have been subjected to various forms of crimes, like domestic violence, human trafficking, child prostitution, child labour, and so on. At present, Maiti has 3 prevention homes, 9 transit homes, 2 hospices and a high school. Food, stay and medication are taken care by the NGO. (In case you wish to donate, click here)
Seeing her dedication, the Government of Nepal has declared September 5th as Anti-Trafficking Day. She has also received 30 national and international awards like the German UNIFEM Prize 2007 and The Peace Abbey, Courage of Conscience, 2006, CNN Top Heroes Award, etc.
We’re proud of you, Anuradha.